'The Biggest Loser' Trainers and What They've Been up to since the Original TV Show Ended
Some heroes don't wear capes; instead, they wear athleisure clothing and help people get into their fittest and healthiest selves.
"The Biggest Loser" ran for over a decade and featured overweight to obese contestants who competed to lose weight on national television.
While the show monetized on the concept of heavy people shedding pounds through diet and exercise, the contestants were able to gain strength and better their health on the show.
The heroes who helped the show's contenders get fit are still remembered as fitness icons and personal trainers. Here's a look at their lives after the show ended.
Personal trainer and fitness icon Jillian Michaels is this month's Women's Health cover star. Since the show ended, the fitness guru has appeared on television and published a New York Times-bestselling book.
"Nobody should ever be body shamed or fat-shamed or excluded and that everyone is equally deserving and should feel equally valuable. But obesity in itself is not something that should be glamorized."
Bob Harper was a trainer for over 15 years on the show and has been an avid CrossFit athlete and fitness enthusiast.
However, months after "The Biggest Loser" ended, Harper suffered a widowmaker heart attack on February 12, 2017, before going into cardiac arrest. He said:
"Losing control was really hard because health and fitness defined me. That's who I was. I was that guy. And then, all of a sudden, I was in a hospital for a week."
After being cleared from the hospital, Harper found difficulty in getting back to his regular routine and suffered depression because of the big change.
He has since used Bikram yoga as a form of fitness and exercise. However, this year, Harper will be hosting "The Biggest Loser" revival.
Visit the #SurvivorsHaveHeart website for heart attack survivor and heart health resources, including incredible survivor stories, and to learn about the meaningful and personal work I’m doing with @AstraZenecaUS. #sponsored https://t.co/hTF9CO1D1y pic.twitter.com/utjC3by1dc— Bob Harper (@MyTrainerBob) December 30, 2019
Apart from dedicating much of her life to health and fitness, Kim Lyons is an experienced media professional.
After being a host on "The Biggest Loser," Lyons furthered her experience in satellite and radio media tours, general product endorsement, video, and print campaigns, infomercial hosting, keynote speaking, and many more.
Among the known companies the personal trainer worked with are Pfizer, Chili's, Proctor and Gamble, Verizon, and Got Milk Campaign.
She has also been featured on several leading programs and fitness magazines, and publications for her expert advice.
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It’s that time of year again! Eggnog, sugary treats, hot cocoa and comfort foods😳 My favorite way to keep myself in check is to eat extra healthy at home and go out for special treats. I’ve also come to appreciate and know that every movement throughout the day adds up and while I might not make huge progress towards my goals, I can maintain where I am. Little stops make a huge difference! •Take the stair EVERYWHERE, no mater what. •Stand up and do jumping jacks though out the day! •Go for a walk when you are on the phone •Do squats while you wait for food to cook •Stretch and do crunches during your TV time. 🥰The possibilities are endless and you will feel so good when you take the time love yourself a little extra.
In line with his work as a celebrity trainer, Brett Hoebel has published the "20 Minute Body" book and DVD.
He was also featured on Food Network's "Fat Chef" as one of the health and wellness experts to be consulted with.
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G R I P // Things that cause us the most pain are often the hardest to let go of... an abusive relationship, constant self-criticism, eating disorder, drugs, procrastination... it’s never easy to break a cycle bc the pain of change can be greater than the pain of staying where you are. .. If you want to start 2020 with a change, start now with some sweat💧. Let your fitness be your freedom bc the effort of your sweat can spark the change you need🔥. .. What are you holding onto that isn’t serving you for 2020? #sweatwithsoul . . . . . #fitnessfromwithin #strengthfromwithin #accountability #levelup #raisethebar #fitjourney #personaldevelopment #fitspo #havefaith #rise #elevate #passionispriceless #painintopurpose #courage #walkyourtalk #paysomedues #mindset #mindful #sweatwithsoul #sweatingwithsoul #soulsweat #doitwithsoul #soulsister #soulsearcher #soulmob #soulnation #soulsquad #souldier #lovesweatevolve
Hoebel has since worked with the A-lister celebrities and Victoria Secret models in getting in shape and imparts his knowledge on different shows, including "Dr. Oz," "The Talk," "The View," and "Today."
The fitness guru furthered his passion and expertise by founding his company, Hoebel Fitness, and starting the Rise Above Bullying campaign.
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L O V E // The best ingredient to add this season. Ever since I lost my adoptive parents to cancer, the holidays are always hard. But the love and traditions they gave will always survive... solstice circles⭕️, bonfires🔥, Xmas eve present wrapping🎁, scavenger hunts🔎and reading The Night Before Christmas 📖 .. I think as a kid, especially around this holiday time, it’s easy to associate love with how many presents you get. But the moment you realize it’s more about how much love you can give, that becomes the best present of all. #sweatwithsoul #love . . Thanks for the 👕 @lauren_salinas_01 @wepnz
Dolvett Quince is a television trainer who worked his way up the fitness industry with dedication and hard work.
In 2004, he opened his own gym called Body Sculptor and built a loyal client base, who refers him to other fitness enthusiasts.
Since being a celebrity coach on "The Biggest Loser," Quince wrote and published "The 3-1-2-1 Diet: Eat and Cheat Your Way to Weight Loss," a New York Times bestseller.
Professional celebrity trainer Anna Kournikova has focused much on raising her twins, Nicholas and Lucy, with her husband Enrique Iglesias since her days on "The Biggest Loser."
Thanks to all those who have judged me negatively, I only say that nobody knows the true relationship between me and Enrique, only the two of us know what we want in our life pic.twitter.com/q5uRzlsdnZ— Anna Kournikova (@AnnaKounikova) February 12, 2018
The former Russian tennis player once didn't believe in getting married but always wanted to become a mother.
Jen Widerstorm is living proof that hard work and determination will get you to places — especially in transforming one's figure.
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🧡 MINE 🧡 I bought my very first house almost a 2 years ago and it made me feel very grown! ... BUT, it took me till this fall to actually start to make it my home. Funny how when you get to make your home your own you question with who you really are and what you REALLY like. Surprisingly, I found pieces of myself I liked everywhere— durable, fancy pillows from @elsiehome.co ... round elegant mirrors from @target ... One of a kind sculptures from my classmates in my #ceramics class... even imported rugs from #Turkey. Finding myself has been pretty fun and I will continue to find more ways to do it because unlike I thought, what I am finding is so great and there’s nothing to be scared of.
The "Biggest Loser" trainer once took to Instagram her fitness journey, starting from having no knowledge about what she was consuming and eating uncontrollably. She said:
"I was consuming the same amount of calories w/o the activity & ultimately I just felt detached & sad, getting through the days consuming food/alcohol to feel better and not participating in my life the way I FELT DEEP DOWN that I KNEW I could."
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#TransformationTuesday is NOT about changing who you are- instead it’s REVEALING the greatness that’s been in you all along 💫 . #Repost @Dr_Oz ・・・ @JenWiderstrom, the trainer for @biggestlosernbc & her #transformation 💪🏼 >> For a long time, I was completely unaware of how unhealthy my eating habits & routine were. Even though I was active, the sheer volume that I was consuming was out of control and I put no thought behind the foods I was eating. 🤦🏻♀️Ultimately, when college sports stopped and life started, my weight shot up! I was consuming the same amount of calories w/o the activity & ultimately I just felt detached & sad, getting through the days consuming food/alcohol to feel better and not participating in my life the way I FELT DEEP DOWN that I KNEW I could. I finally snapped out of it realizing I would never feel complete if I didn’t make myself responsible for my own health and happiness. I chose workouts that I enjoyed vs. ones that I felt were like punishment. There are foods that I knew were healthy that I hated so I just avoided those. But I did focus on eating more vegetables, higher quality proteins and less food on the go/eating out.🙅🏻 The biggest mental shift happened when I finally stopped working out just for my waistline and really began to make these decisions because I felt at my best when I did so. I own my #health now because I love who I am when I am connected to it. That’s what makes it stick for me, it’s never about fitting in a dress. >> Sample day Wake up water chug! (8-12oz) *try to hit over 75oz daily💧 Meal 1: Algae (chlorella/spirulina), 1/3 cup blueberries, almond latte w/ collagen Meal 2: 3 eggs, avocado, roasted tomatoes, butter Meal 3: 1 serving cashews and 1-2oz jerky Meal 4: Shake (collagen protein powder, vanilla protein powder, spinach, cacao, unsweetened almond milk, chia seeds) Meal 5: 6-8oz roasted salmon, 2-3 cups roasted cauliflower, medium baked sweet potato >> By far my favorite is interval based weight training.🏋🏻♀️Moderate weight moved efficiently under shorter time caps. The work is hard, explosive and athletic, but there’s always rest waiting for you. 📚 ALL my secret tips & Jen ju-ju is in my book #DietRight!
After being a trainer on the show, Widerstorm felt lost with no project nor responsibility that she could keep herself busy with.
She had difficulty coping with circumstances that she faced, although she was eventually able to overcome the challenges and learned valuable lessons on the way.
Health and Wellbeing expert Jessie Pavelka was a former celebrity trainer on "The Biggest Loser" before hosting Sky TV's "Obese: A Year to Save my Life."
Rehearsals are finished and tomorrow is the big launch of #CiscoPavelka APJC. It’s been incredible to watch this initiative come to life and tomorrow we kick off in a new region with new opportunities. The conversation with wellbeing continues. @schampiocisco pic.twitter.com/o0LabcH2vw— Jessie Pavelka (@JessiePavelka) November 21, 2019
He has also hosted "Dietribe" and appeared on Oprah's "OWN" as a guest. At present, Pavelka is the ambassador for cancer research and owns a company, Pavelka.